Silhouette & Mangrove
January 17, 2020 - Gigant, Apeldoorn (NL)
The Dutch progressive rock acts Silhouette and Mangrove have shared the same stage several times. For example both bands shared not only the stage but also the dressing room in 2018 at several venues. In July they could be seen at 't Blok in Nieuwerkerk aan de IJssel (see review). But also several months later. In November they were double headliners at the Parkvilla Theater in Alphen aan de Rijn. I was present during both occasions and noticed that during those concerts Mangrove was in great shape and made sure everybody had a great time. For Silhouette it was a different story. At 't Blok they gave a rather chaotic performance. Mainly because they hadn't done any concerts for more than a year due to personal circumstances. But also technical problems prevented them to give their best shots. However the concert at the Parkvilla Theater was a concert with which they showed that they were capable to entertain their fans the best possible way. Which they did!
Now two years later both bands climbed the stage of Gigant in Apeldoorn. A venue I hadn't visited since 2009. At the time I witnessed Mangrove's CD-presentation of their latest release Beyond Reality (see review). I ended my review with the words: 'Not only the musicians were breathless, but they also left the audience panting from breath for they witnessed a fantastic CD release concert'. Could it be that history could repeat it selves? Who knows, maybe?
But back to the fantastic compositions performed during this excellent concert. Most of all the three new tunes they played. Songs which are on a on new album to be released this year or next year. Songs which have the working titles Reflection, Stay and Bridge To Fiction. They were done without any introductions in between. So they sounded as one large epic piece of music. Music which had lots of modern musical influences. Probably because of the influence of the very young drummer. A drummer who used electronic devices to get a rather modern sound. Just as the earlier Bruford did during his musical career. The songs most of all showed that the bands new studio album is certainly something to look out for. And if you ask me, and many of their fans, it is about time the band comes with a brand new album as a worthy successor to their latest album released 11 years ago.
And guess what? History can repeat itself. Because once again not only the musicians of Mangrove were breathless, but they also left the audience panting from breath for they witnessed a fantastic concert. Can I ask for anything more? I guess not! Because even the musicians of Silhouette made me feel happy with the songs they performed. So all in all most people present, including myself, can look back at a very entertaining evening of good live music!
Henri Strik (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
March Of Peace
Wingst To Fly
Symphony For A Perfect Moment
When Snow Is Falling Down
Web Of Lies: Part I - The Vow
Web Of Lies: Part II - The Plot
Silhouette by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Silhouette:(left to right)
bass, backing vocal
keyboards, bass pedals, lead and backing vocals
Brian de Graeve:
twelve string acoustic guitar, keyboard, lead and backing vocals
Rob van Nieuwenhuijzen:
Daniel van der Weijde:
Bridge To Fiction
There Must Be Another Way
Mangrove by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Mangrove:(left to right)
Roland van der Horst:
lead vocals, electric guitars
bass guitar, bass pedals
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